What travels 186,172 miles per second?  The answer is LIGHT!  For the purpose of explaining divination, we will be using this natural law to discuss the subject of how divination actually works.

If you will recall, the first character in the Major Arcana is the Magus, called The Magician is most other decks.  He stands with his right hand pointing toward the heavens and his left hand pointing toward earth, symbolizing the First Law of Occult Science, AS ABOVE SO BELOW.  The dividing line or the etheric boundary line that is sometimes called “The Veil” separating THE ABOVE and THE BELOW is the speed of light.  All that moves, or vibrates, slower than the speed of light is subject to time and space and resides in the physical plane.  All that moves, or vibrates, faster than the seed of light resides in the astral or spiritual realms and is not subject to time and space.

We, as humans, live both in the physical plane and in the astral plane at once.  Our subconscious, or unconscious mind, or soul, if you will, resides in the astral plane.  We are too far removed from the spiritual plane, unless we are highly trained to rev up our vibrational levels; so our ability to divine takes place primarily in the astral plane, which is the vibratory level closest to the etheric boundary line.

The First Law of Occult Science, AS ABOVE SO BELOW, tells us that what is moving faster than the speed of light and not subject to time and space is reflected in the physical plane through a symbolic language.   We know that Tarot is a “book” of symbolic language, but how do the cards turn up in just the right order to answer our questions?  The cards are moved by a process called psycho kinesis. The word psycho means mind, and the word kinesis means movement, meaning movement through the power of the mind. As we shuffle and cut the cards while thinking about our question, our subconscious mind is at work in the astral looking at the past, present, and future and gleaning the information.  Our subconscious mind then works to arrange the cards we are shuffling in such a way as to reflect the information we are receiving.  This process of psycho kinesis is the basic mechanism moving all tools for divination, whether one is reading cloud formations, smoke, tea leaves, runes, bones, or pick-up sticks.  When we are not using divinatory tools, with a little practice, we can even divine from our immediate surroundings by learning to interpret them symbolically.  Sometimes the symbolic language of our immediate surroundings is subtle, and sometimes it is not so subtle.  We may “divine” our answers from a billboard messaage, a snippet of conversation, or a song on the radio.

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About letstalktarot

Allyn McCray began reading Tarot in 1971 after discovering a deck in an occult shop in San Francisco, California. In 1999, the American Tarot Association recognized her as a Certified Tarot Reader. During her experience as an Internet reader between 2000 and 2002, Allyn’s readings were regularly featured on the websites, Psychicnut and Roadtalk. In 2002, Allyn joined The Church of Light, aka Light.Org, a non-profit international school of esoteric studies, where she is now a Hermetician, Certified Teacher, and Minister. Allyn also serves as the Communications Director of The Church of Light and is a Section Advisor in The Order of the Sphinx.
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